Carpal tunnel symptoms include numbness in the fingers and a loss of strength in the wrist and hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve becomes compressed at the wrist. It’s a frequent problem with people who work on computers, athletes, and people with certain predispositions such as arthritis, trauma, or pregnancy.
What are the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The most common symptoms are:
- Pain or fatigue in the wrist and fingers
- Numbness in the thumb, index and middle fingers
- Difficulty holding certain objects
In certain cases, the pain can radiate into the arm and even wake the person.
What are the possible causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The principle causes are:
- Repetitive movements of the hand or wrist, such as extensive use of a computer mouse or keyboard
- Certain sports or activities such as golf, tennis, gardening or playing video games
- Certain diseases such as arthritis and diabetes
- Certain physical conditions, such as pregnancy or menopause
Carpal Tunnel syndrome can also be linked to a neck, shoulder or elbow injury that makes the distal nerve (wrist) vulnerable.